Chandler apparel company launches foundation The Chandler Arizonan

Chandler apparel company launches foundation

December 18th, 2020 Chandler Arizona Staff
Chandler apparel company launches foundation

Arizonian News Staff

State Forty Eight in Chandler has prided itself on selling pride.

Founders-owners Stephen and Nick Polando and Mike Spangenberg explain on their website that their apparel “represents a lifestyle, a sense of community and is an expression of pride” that they are all about “redefining the status-quo and inspiring others to rise up and stand for something they believe.”

So it’s not surprising that the seven-year-old firm launched a foundation this month, starting with a virtual fundraiser last week.

“It has always been the prerogative of State Forty Eight to do good by empowering others to do good,” the company said in a release, noting its past and current partnerships with local organizations and causes.

Those alliances have “always been at the forefront of their business model,” it said, adding that State Forty Eight has donated more than $100,000 in cash and in-kind services to local charities.

In 2019, State Forty Eight began an initiative called Community Impact, which was dedicated to “community outreach, engagement and connected the State Forty Eight fan base with local causes, events, or volunteer opportunities.”

“Upon seeing the incredible support that we received for our Community Impact efforts, we were inspired to initiate our very own 501c3,” said CEO Michael Spangenberg. “We are excited to increase our footprint in Arizona through the work we do in the foundation.”

The company‘s blog explained that it wanted to “inspire actionable giving that will contribute to wellbeing of our community and create a platform for local organizations to be seen, heard and supported.

“We were blown away by the support,” it added. “In our first year, we managed to draw out more than 250 volunteers and donate more than $21,000 to local charities and nonprofit organizations.”

The State Forty Eight Foundation defines its mission by saying it intends “to enrich and strengthen Arizona through thoughtful partnerships, inspired community action, and investment in the changemakers of tomorrow.”

It envisions listing community support “to launch and build out programming, such as volunteer events, youth mentorship and entrepreneur development, that will benefit Arizonans for years to come.”

“Through fundraising efforts and volunteer-driven events, we aim to be a catalyst for change and unification across Arizona by bringing together nonprofit organizations, public agencies, businesses, and individuals with common goals and hopeful resolutions for the community,” the company said in a blog, which continued:

“Through mentorship, workshops, and with the help of our community partners, we offer supportive programming for Arizona youth that teaches them valuable and practical life skills, but also promotes a positive self-esteem and strong leadership skills.”

The foundation also plans to partner with incubator organizations and help start-ups.

The fundraiser was hosted by author and foundation Director Zach Hall and Cardinals team reporter Lisa Matthews and featured “inspiring conversations with four Arizona leaders and community movers and shakers.

Guest speakers included: Debbie Castaldo, Diamondbacks leader of corporate and community impact; Thomas Barr, executive director of Local First Arizona; Jake Arians, son of NFL Coach Bruce Arians and president of the Arians Family Foundation; and Lady La, TV personality and founder of Mahalo Made.

Though the fundraiser is over, people can still help the foundation.

Donations can be made to Information:


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